By Gregg Jones
Union Missourian Editor
There will be sidewalks on each of the city’s collector streets once two major road projects are completed over the next two years.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said work is under way now to acquire right of way for a Denmark Road Phase II widening project.
That work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014.
“That is a narrow road, and among the roadways that don’t have sidewalks,” Zimmermann said.
He said there are residents of St. Andrews, Grandview Valley, Stone Brooke subdivision, and Chapel Ridge apartment, who use Denmark Road while on foot.
“The walk down the pavement of Denmark Road now, and it is only 23 feet wide,” he said. “That is a scary conflict between vehicle and pedestrian.”
According to Zimmermann, a project slated to begin the following year, Phase II of the Prairie Dell Road Project, will complete efforts for sidewalks along each city collector street.
The project includes widening, resurfacing and sidewalk construction from St. Andrews Drive to Grandview Farms Drive.
The cost of the project is $1,429,376, with a federal grant of $1,016,056 and a local match of $413,320.
The proposal includes a low-water bridge replacement.
Initial plans called for a roundabout at Denmark Road and St. Andrews Drive, but those plans were changed to “intersection improvements” after one alderman expressed concerns.
The proposal, prepared by Cochran and presented earlier this year, had included the roundabout intersection, but Ward 4 Alderman Karen Erwin said many residents in that area oppose that idea.
Erwin, who lives in the St. Andrews subdivision, said her neighbors have contacted her to say they are against that type of intersection at that location.
Prairie Dell Road
The second phase of the project would extend the improvements on Prairie Dell Road to College Road.
The project would extend already planned improvements on Prairie Dell Road to College Road.
It is included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2013-2016.
The scope of the proposed project includes widening of the roadway, and new sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $1,353,250.
Under the current project, in the TIP for 2012-2015, Prairie Dell Road will undergo pavement improvements, pedestrian enhancements, curb and gutter work and widening of the road.
Prairie Dell is a narrow road — about 22 to 23 feet wide, officials have said.
Phase 1 of the Prairie Dell Road improvements are in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2012-2015. The road will undergo pavement improvements, pedestrian enhancements, curb and gutter work and widening of the road.
The cost to upgrade the stretch is estimated at $1,370,000. The project is an 80-20 cost share project and the city will provide 20 percent of the project cost.
The funds were available through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ Surface Transportation Program — Suballocated (STP-S) pool available to area communities.
The scope of work includes road repairs from Prairie Dell Plaza to Highway 50 and is an 80-20 cost share project.
Plans call for a roundabout at the entrance to East Central College. The entrance will be shifted north slightly where the new intersection will be built.